It’s been a tradition for as long as the Rattie family can remember.
As young children, Ty and younger brother Taden would eagerly gather around the television, still clad in their pajamas, to watch the world junior hockey championship being played in Europe.
"We’d get up at 4 or 5 a.m., and the boys would be quite excited about it,'' said their father, Rob Rattie, from their home in Airdrie, Alta. "We all get excited at world junior time and it’s something the boys have always looked forward to. No matter what it was on, they’d be up to watch it on TV.''
That tradition is changing this year, as the Ratties are going to Russia.
When Ty Rattie, a star winger with the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks, found out he had made Canada’s world junior squad, his first phone call was home to his best friend - Taden.
"He told me he finally did it,'' said Taden, 14. "We’ve always had that dream since we were kids to play on Team Canada one day.''
One year ago, with theRead More »from 2013 world juniors a special Christmas gift for Ty Rattie and family